Cultivating Humanism II:
A symposium on Medicine
and the Arts

Harvard Medical School

About the Faculty


Dr. Gregory (Goyo) Abel an Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS, as well as an oncologist. He leads the Literature and Medicine Course at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Abel received his MD and MPH from Columbia University in 2000. He completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and his hematology/oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2007, he joined Dana-Farber and is a member of the Hematologic Malignancies staff, as well as the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research.

Jonathan Beckwith, Ph.D. Harvard Professor Jon Beckwith’s major contributions to biology include the first gene isolation and the discovery of biological pathways for protein secretion and protein folding.  He has been active publicly in confronting issues related to the social impact of genetics research.

Evelyn Berde is a practicing artist who has worked in the fields of art education and art therapy since 1972.  Her latest installation, "Leaving The River" , is about the role art played in helping her cope with physical and emotional trauma, throughout her life.  Evelyn lectures at many universities, hospitals, and public schools in the Greater Boston area.

Marian Brown is a studio artist, educator, and inclusive practices advocate. Her current medium of focus is handmade paper created from recycled clothing known as 'fabrics of meaning'. Marian investigates both process and product in relationship to catharsis and community building through art. She is also a non-profit arts administrator, having just won a Global Health Corps Fellowship to spend the upcoming year working on HIV/AIDS education in Malawi, Africa at the Art and Global Health Center. 

Elizabeth Gaufberg, an Associate Professor of Medicne and Psychiatry at HMS and the Director of the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional Development. Dr. Gaufberg directs psychosocial training for the CHA Medicine Residency Program and the Patient-Doctor course for the Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship.  Dr. Gaufberg co-founded the CHA Medical Humanities Initiative, and has established an active collaboration between the Cambridge Health Alliance and the Harvard Art Museum.  Dr. Gaufberg holds several national leadership roles in medical education, including the Directorship of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, whose mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge about humanizing medicine to improve health and the human condition. 

Laurie Glader, M.D.
 is a pediatrician specializing in the care of children who have chronic complex medical conditions and is Director of the Complex Care Service Ambulatory Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Laurie studied modern literature and modern art as an undergraduate and has carried the identity as poet artist with her on her journey as a physician.  She primarily works in multi-media with a focus on collage and is particularly interested in the power of embedding language into visual pieces.

Thomas (Tommy) Heyne, M.D. is a resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at MGH. Prior to medical school in Dallas, he completed a Master’s in Theology at the Univ. Oxford (UK) and a Fulbright Fellowship in Granada (Spain). His focus was religious history, particularly the conceptions of medicine in ancient and medieval Christian and Muslim history. 

Madelyn Ho is a first year student at Harvard Medical School. Prior to medical school, she performed with the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company and ACB Dance Company. She is currently a member of Urbanity Dance. Madelyn graduated from Harvard College ('08) with an AB in Chemical and Physical Biology.

Jill Johnson is a dancer, choreographer, educator and producer. She is Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Music at Harvard University, and has served on the faculties of Princeton University, Columbia University, the Juilliard School and New York University. She was a soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer in choreographer William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet, and stages Forsythe’s work on dance companies worldwide including Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Netherlands Dance Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet.

David Jones, M.D., Ph.D. trained as a psychiatrist and historian of science.  As the Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine he teaches history of medicine and medical ethics at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.  His most recent book, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care, examines the history of cardiology and cardiac surgery.

Joel Katz, M.D. is an infectious diseases consultant, Director of the internal medicine residency program, and Vice Chair for Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His principle academic interests are curricular innovation and program assessment, including in areas of physical skills and utilizing fine arts to improve medical care.  


Shahram Khoshbin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, and a Neurologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital.  His research interests include the electrical activity of the brain.  He currently is one of the course directors for “Training the Eye,” a course that teaches clinical diagnosis to medical students using principles of the visual arts and utilizing the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Gardner Museum. 

Suzanne Koven, M.D. is a primary care internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She writes the monthly column “In Practice” for the Boston Globe, and a blog at by the same name. She also writes an interview column, “The Big Idea,” at the, and frequently contributes book reviews to the Boston Globe. Her essays have appeared in JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Psychology Today, and several literary journals. Dr. Koven holds an ALM in literature and creative writing from Harvard Extension School and an MFA in nonfiction from Bennington. She leads the Literature and Medicine program, sponsored by Mass Humanities, at MGH.

Psyche Loui, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist, musician and instructor in Neurology at HMS, where her research aims to find out why humans make music and how music can develop and repair the brain. She holds a BS from Duke University and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has over 20 publications on music and the brain and is a recipient of grants and awards from NIH, Grammy Foundation, and Templeton Foundation. Her work has been featured by BBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Boston Globe, and other news sources.

Mariel Pettee, a Harvard College junior in a Physics/Math/ Dramatic Arts concentration, loves anything experimental from experimental theater pieces to experimental particle physics research at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. She was co-producer, co-choreographer, and actress in The Edge of the Map.

Alastair Moock is a two-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner and a Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner. Before he launched his family music career in 2009, he was already a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter on the Boston folk scene. Since 1995, he has toured throughout the US and Europe and won top honors at many of the country's most prestigious songwriting contests. In 2000 he started a roots music series in Boston called Pastures of Plenty which continues to bring together some of the region’s best songwriters and musicians for shows that The Boston Globe calls “the hippest hootenannies in town.” The guitarist and banjo player was nominated in 2007 for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. Alastair lives near Boston with his wife and twin daughters.

Susan Pories, M.D. is the co-editor of The Soul of a Doctor and co-author of Cancer: Biography of a Disease. She is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is the Co-Director of the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital and the President of the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Pories co-chairs the HMS Academy Writing for Scholarship Interest Group, she is Faculty Advisor to the HMS writers' group, and serves on the ‘Arts & Humanities @HMS’ Planning Committee.

Tiziana Rozzo Born and raised in Italy, Tiziana Rozzo discovered her love of photography after leaving her career as a neuroscientist to stay home with her four children. In 2005, Tiziana moved with her husband and family from Germany to the USA, where she began to nurture her interest in encountering and photographing people of different cultures in “their space”. Tiziana is currently studying Documentary Photography at the MassArt Institute in Boston.

Gottfried Schlaug, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disorders, and Director of the Music, Neuroimaging and Stroke Recovery Laboratories at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His main research interests are centered on ways to induce and detect in-vivo brain plasticity in patients recovering from a stroke and in normal healthy subjects undergoing intense and long-time training of sensorimotor skills such as learning and playing a musical instrument. He is also studying the neural correlates of unique musical skills such as absolute pitch and auditory-motor disorders such as an inability to sing in tune (Tonedeafness) or to move to a particular beat (Beatdeafness). 

Andrea Wershof Schwartz, M.D.
 is a resident in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Humanities and Medicine program, Andrea earned her MPH from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her MA in Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she focused on attitudes to medicine in biblical and rabbinic texts.
Amy N. Ship, MD is an internist and educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has a English Literature, and an M.A. in Art History, in addition to her M.D..  She facilitates the Literature and Medicine program sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Karen Thornber is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.  Author of the prize-winning Empire of Texts in Motion (2009) and Ecoambiguity (2012), her research and teaching now focus on the environmental and medical humanities. Thornber is currently writing a book on literature and global health.

Tori Westcott is an M.Ed. candidate in the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also a LEND Fellow at Children's Hospital Boston studying leadership in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Prior to attending graduate school, Tori managed partnerships and programs for individuals with disabilities at one of Boston's largest cultural institutions.

Lisa M. Wong, M.D. is a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates, Asst. Clinical Professor at HMS, and a violinist in Longwood Symphony Orchestra, where she served as president until 2012. She is a Board member of the Mass. Cultural Council, Boston Arts Consortium for Health, and BPS Arts Expansion Initiative. Her 2012 book Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine, is now in paperback.

Harvard Art Museums faculty

Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums

Jessica Levin Martinez is Director of Academic and Public Programs at the Harvard Art Museums. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1995 and went on to complete her PhD in History of Art & Architecture in 2004. She previously worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art as Educator for Scholarly Programs, enriching the intellectual life of the museum though university partnerships, public programs, and research initiatives. First as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a University Scholar at University of Chicago, she taught graduate seminars in museum practice and African art. She has served as visiting faculty in art history at George Washington University, University of Michigan, and School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former member of Winthrop House and resident tutor at Currier House, Jessica has traveled extensively in Gabon, Morocco, and Zanzibar and has lived throughout central Europe.

Judy Murray, Senior Museum Educator at the Harvard Art Museums, has worked in the education departments of three art museums in Massachusetts for the past 17 years. As Manager of the Gallery Instructors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she oversaw the docent program and worked with inner-city teachers to develop multi-visit programs. In her work as Director of Visitor Learning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, she developed resources to help visitors of all ages actively engage with art. She has also worked with Harvard Medical School students in a museum-based program promoting observation and critical-thinking skills. As a Senior Museum Educator in the Harvard Art Museums since 2007, she developed a student guide program for Harvard undergraduates. In addition to the Engaging New Americans project, she is involved in creating art-focused programs for audiences both within and outside the university. 

Corinne Zimmermann, Senior Museum Educator at the Harvard Art Museums, is a museum and arts educator. She has extensive experience developing collaborations between art museums and schools as well as professional development workshops for educators. Corinne also specializes in designing museum-based workshops for the medical and business communities, focusing on professional reflection, teamwork, and creativity. As a visiting instructor at Harvard University and Tufts University, she taught graduate-level seminars on museum education. She has also held the position of Creativity Consultant for first-year graduate students at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Corinne holds a MA in Art History from Tufts University and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Corinne has also worked as a museum educator at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rose Art Museum.


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